Bidding on CGC-graded Detective Comics #27 Surpasses $500,000

Posted on 3/15/2023

The first appearance of Batman leads an upcoming Heritage Auctions sale that also includes Batman #1 and many other CGC-certified Batman comics.

The Dark Knight is getting his day in the sun. Several Golden Age Batman grails that are graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) stand out in Heritage Auctions’ Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction, scheduled for March 30 through April 2, 2023.

Among the top comics in this auction is a Detective Comics #27 graded CGC 6.0 (lot 91029). Bidding for this book is already over half a million dollars and is quickly approaching the record for this grade: $732,000, set in 2018. Also near the top of the list is a Batman #1 graded CGC 7.0 (lot 91027), which has already seen bidding exceed $150,000.

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Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman made his first appearance in the 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, while sidekick Robin debuted in issue #38. Soon after, the Dynamic Duo were featured together on the cover Batman #1, which also introduced the Joker and Catwoman in 1940. Batman #1 and Detective Comics #27 are ranked among the most valuable comics ever sold.

In addition to these comics, a copy of Batman #1 graded CGC 8.0 with the very first CGC FANTAST Collection label (lot 91026) is also being offered in the auction. You can read more about that copy, as well as other comics in this auction, here.

If that’s not enough Caped Crusader for you, other CGC-graded Batman titles in this auction include:

  • a Detective Comics #29 graded CGC 5.5 (lot 92031)
  • a Detective Comics #33 graded CGC 6.5 (lot 91030)
  • a Detective Comics #35 graded CGC 2.5 (lot 92032)
  • a Detective Comics #87 with a San Francisco Collection pedigree graded CGC 9.6 (lot 92034)
  • a Detective Comics #140 with a Promise Collection pedigree graded CGC 9.6 (lot 91032)

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